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Keeping An Indoor Cat Happy

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? If so, that’s great! Fluffy may enjoy outdoor kitty sports, like chasing birds, rolling around in the driveway, and making pawprint art masterpieces on your car, but she’s really both healthier and safer staying inside. However, indoor cats don’t get as much activity or stimulation, so it’s important to make your home both fun and entertaining for your cat. As your local Marion, IA vet, I am happy to offer advice on cat care. Read on to learn how to keep your pet purring.

Toys

Offer your cat lots of toys to play with and push under the couch. Kitties can be rather purrticular about their playthings. Some like catnip mice, while others prefer playing with laser pointers or wand toys. Give your feline buddy a variety, and see what she likes best.

Window Seat

Even if Fluffy is a pampered housecat who has only ‘hunted’ catnip mice, she’ll still enjoy watching small animals. Offer her a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can relax and spy on local wildlife.

Background Noise

Don’t leave your kitty alone in a silent house! Keep a radio or TV on. If you’ll be out after dark, we also recommend keeping a light on for your pet, so she isn’t left in the dark. Climate control is also important.

Playtime

Take time to play with your feline friend every day. This will help keep your cat active, and provide her with beneficial mental stimulation. It’s also a great way for Fluffy to burn off excess energy!

Purrniture

Cats really appreciate having some things that are made just for them. Cat towers are great for Fluffy: they provide kitties with napping spots, jungle gyms, lookout points, and scratching posts. Your pet may also appreciate a kitty condo, pet tent or tipi, or vertical space, like catwalks.

Kitty Comforts

Small touches will really help your cat feel happy and comfortable. Set out lots of comfy beds and napping spots for Fluffy. You get bonus purrs if at least one of her beds has sunbeam access!

Love

Cats are happiest when they feel loved. Keep your pet’s little motor going by paying lots of attention to her when you’re home.

Please contact me, your Marion, IA veterinarian, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. I’m happy to help!

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